THE NATION: Steps Toward Peace

Toward the end of President Eisenhower's first new-term press conference last week, a TIME correspondent asked him to name three or four major goals of his second Administration. Ike's answer was worth the attention of the U.S.'s bruised friends, allies and enemies alike:

"Look. Everything else fails, fades to unimportance beside this one: that we do make progress toward better world understanding—achieved, I would say, in several steps.

"First, a better understanding among the free nations of the world—that is, better and stronger confidence among them; the certainty that their economic and military...

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